(First, love your avatar!)
That's just the kind of tip I need!
I haven't tried or even read reviews about any of those games.
But you can bet I'll seek them out now!
I love games that can actually make me feel a little scared.
I don't mean shocked, rather I mean games that make me hesitate before I open a door or something.
The first of these for me, one of the first games I ever played, was AMBER: Journeys Beyond. WOW! That was, and is, a goodie! And spooky
Then there was Blackstone Chronicles. I was actually afraid of going into the basement!
Gabriel Knight II: The Beast Within almost had the right atmosphere with the werewolves and all, but didn't quite do it. Neither did 7th guest or 11th hour, although I think they are great games.
I am looking forward to Phantasmagoria and Phantasmagoria II: Puzzle of Flesh... and maybe
Shivers because of what friends have told me about them.
And, if I may dip into the Dark Side for a moment, the orphanage in Thief III is one of the creepiest "places" I have ever "been". Wonderful job on atmosphere. And while I'm on the Dark Side, System Shock II got to me as well. All those dead bodies everywhere...
It's always amazing to me when a game can give me a genuine shudder.
Oooh! I also wanted to mention a feature specific to the games I mentioned as a Boakes-influenced mini-genre:
In these four games I loved
to take tons of notes, pages and pages, and I figured out many of the puzzles by myself.
I'm not sure why I feel this way about those four games in particular. I almost never take notes. Much easier to look up a walkthrough or hints. I never took notes for any of the other games I've mentioned in this post.
Looks like I need to do some more thinking about the four games I'm calling a mini-genre to figure out what makes them tick for me.
Thanks so much for the heads-up about those other games!